Special Event Parking

Parking Information for Event Hosts

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Transportation Services will work with you to provide convenient parking for your guests.

UW-Madison departments and event hosts not affiliated with the university may arrange guest parking at least two weeks before the event date.

If your event is less than two weeks away, please visit a Transportation Services office location to purchase a parking option for a surface lot. Event guests may also use an hourly visitor parking option.

Order Daily Permits

Reserved parking for campus guests. UW departments, unaffiliated groups, and individuals may order daily permits.

Order Daily Permits

Request Validations

Validate hourly visitor parking for event guests. Only UW departments may request validations.

Request Validations

Contact Us

Contact Special Events to discuss guest parking: (608) 262-8683.

Email Special Events

UW Athletics Event Parking

UW Badger football games take place at Camp Randall Stadium.

UW Badger football game day parking map by UW athletics.
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UW Athletics Season Parking

UW Athletics sells football parking (including accessible parking) in advance on a season basis, and on a single-game basis for accessible parking only.

Single-Game Parking

Single game parking is available for first-come, first-served purchase on game days only. Purchase a parking ticket from the lot attendant. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted.

  • $5 in Lots 60 and 76
  • $20 in Lots 46 and 67
  • $50 in Lot 64 for buses and RVs

Check lot addresses on the lot locations and hours page, or search for a lot on map.wisc.edu

Bucky Shuttle

Shuttle service is available from Lots 60, 64, and 76. See the Athletics Shuttle Bus Service page for details, costs, and route map.

Game Day Parking Restrictions

Vehicles parked illegally in UW-Madison lots used for football game day parking will be ticketed and towed to Lot 59 at the west end of the campus.

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UW Badger Volleyball matches are held at the Field House.

UW Athletics Season Parking

UW Athletics volleyball parking (including accessible parking) is sold in advance on a season basis.

Single-Match Parking

Single match parking is available for purchase from a lot attendant on a first-come, first-served basis on game days only. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted.

  • $5 in Lot 17 (Engineering Drive Ramp)

Check lot addresses on the lot locations and hours page, or search for a lot on map.wisc.edu.

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UW Badger Men’s and Women’s Basketball games take place at the Kohl Center.

UW Athletics Season Parking

UW Athletics sells men’s and women’s basketball parking (including accessible parking) in advance on a season basis.

Single-Game Parking

Single game parking is available for purchase from a lot attendant on a first-come, first-served basis on game days only. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted.

  • Men’s games: $20 in Lots 7 (Grainger Hall Garage), 46 (Lake & Johnson Ramp) and accessible parking-only in Lots 48 and 87
  • Women’s games: $5 in Lots 29 (N. Park Street Ramp), 46 (Lake & Johnson Ramp) and accessible parking-only in Lot 87

If accessible parking is not available, attendees may use the drop-off area on Dayton Street.

Check lot addresses on the lot locations and hours page, or search for a lot on map.wisc.edu.

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Single-game parking map for UW men's basketball games.
UW Men’s Basketball parking map. Click to enlarge.
Single-game parking map for UW women's basketball games.
UW Women’s Basketball parking map. Click to enlarge.

UW Badger Men’s Hockey games take place at the Kohl Center and Women’s Hockey games at LaBahn Arena.

UW Athletics Season Parking

UW Athletics sells men’s and women’s hockey parking (including accessible parking) in advance on a season basis.

Single-Game Parking

Single game parking is available for purchase from a lot attendant on a first-come, first-served basis on game days only. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted.

  • Men’s games: $15 in Lots 7 (Grainger Hall Garage), 29 (N. Park Street Ramp), 44, 46 (Lake & Johnson Ramp) and accessible parking-only in Lots 48 and 87
  • Women’s games: $5 in Lots 29 (N. Park Street Ramp), 46 (Lake & Johnson Ramp), 91 and accessible parking-only in Lot 87

If accessible parking is not available, attendees may use the drop-off area on Dayton Street.

Check lot addresses on the lot locations and hours page, or search for a lot on map.wisc.edu.

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Single-game parking map for UW men's hockey games.
UW Men’s Hockey parking map. Click to enlarge.
Single-game parking map for UW women's hockey games.
UW Women’s Hockey parking map. Click to enlarge.

UW Badger Tennis matches take place at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

UW Athletics does not sell tennis parking in advance. Parking is first-come, first-served on game days only.

  • Lots 60 and 76 (University Bay Drive Ramp) are sometimes reserved for tennis matches. The parking fee is $5. To find if lots are reserved for tennis parking, go to the parking events calendar.
  • If lots are not reserved for tennis during regular business hours, stop by Room 124 of the WARF Building (610 Walnut Street) to purchase a permit from our front desk staff.
  • Parking is free in Lot 60 after 4:30 p.m. and all day on weekends.
  • Vehicles with state-issued disabled hang-tags or plates may park for free in timed parking stalls greater than 25 minutes. Click here for a timed parking stall map.

Check lot addresses on the lot locations and hours page, or search for a lot on map.wisc.edu.

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UW Badger Softball games take place at the Goodman Softball Complex.

UW Athletics does not sell softball parking in advance. Parking lots are sometimes reserved for softball games. Parking is first-come, first-served on game days only.

  • Lots 60 and 76 (University Bay Drive Ramp) are sometimes reserved for softball games. The parking fee is $5. To find if lots are reserved for softball parking, go to the parking events calendar.
  • If lots are not reserved for softball during regular business hours, stop by Room 124 of the WARF Building (610 Walnut Street) to purchase a permit from our front desk staff.
  • Parking is free in Lot 60 after 4:30 p.m. and all day on weekends, unless otherwise reserved.
  • Vehicles with state-issued disabled hang-tags or plates may park for free in timed parking stalls greater than 25 minutes. Click here for a timed parking stall map.

Check lot addresses on the lot locations and hours page, or search for a lot on map.wisc.edu.

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Swim meets are held at the Soderholm Family Aquatic Center (located in the Nicholas Recreation Center).

UW Athletics does not sell swim meet parking in advance. Parking is first-come, first-served on meet days only.

Parking lots are sometimes reserved for swim meets. To find if lots are reserved for a specific event, go to the parking events calendar.

  • If lots are not reserved for swimming during regular business hours, stop by the Welcome Center at 21 N. Park Street to purchase a permit from our front desk staff.
  • Parking is free in Lot 94 after 4:30 p.m. and all day on weekends, unless otherwise reserved.
  • Vehicles with state-issued disabled hang-tags or plates may park for free in timed parking stalls greater than 25 minutes. Click here for a timed parking stall map.

Check lot addresses on the lot locations and hours page, or search for a lot on map.wisc.edu.

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UW Wrestling matches are held at the Field House.

UW Athletics does not sell wrestling parking in advance. Parking is first-come, first-served on match days only:

  • For Lot 17 (Engineering Drive Ramp), patrons may pull a ticket upon entry.
  • For Lot 19, patrons must display their ADA parking hang tag or ADA parking license plates.

Check lot addresses on the lot locations and hours page, or search for a lot on map.wisc.edu.

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Single-match parking map for UW wrestling.
UW Wrestling parking map. Click to enlarge.

Performances and Cultural Events

Photo of Collins Recital Hall in the Hamel Music Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

Planning ahead?

Individual event-goers can guarantee space by reserving parking in advance. Complete the daily permit order form or call Special Events at (608) 262-8683. Please allow two weeks for processing.

Hourly parking is available in campus parking garages near event venues. Pull a ticket on entry and use a pay-on-foot station or pay at the gate upon exit. Free parking may be available in nearby surface lots after 4:30 on weekdays and all weekend. If a lot is reserved for an event, you may pay the visitor parking fee upon entry.

Check lot addresses on the lot locations and hours page, or search for a specific lot on the interactive campus map.

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Memorial Union Event Parking

Parking garages near Memorial Union:

  • Lot 6 (Helen C. White Garage)
  • Lot 7 (Grainger Hall Garage)
  • Lot 46 (Lake & Johnson Ramp)
  • Lot 83 (Fluno Center Garage)

Tip: If the “Lot Full” sign is lit, that means no visitor parking is available. Please look for available parking in the next closest garage.

Union South Event Parking

Parking garages near Union South:

  • Lot 17 (Engineering Drive Ramp)
  • Lot 20 (University Avenue Ramp)
  • Lot 80 (Union South Garage)
  • Lot 7 (Grainger Hall Garage)
  • Lot 29 (N. Park Street Ramp)

Tip: If the “Lot Full” sign is lit, that means no visitor parking is available. Please look for available parking in the next closest garage.

Free parking is available after 4:30 p.m. weekdays, and all day Saturday and Sunday in these nearby lots, unless otherwise reserved:

  • Lot 56
  • Lot 86
  • Lot 54
  • Lot 45

Fluno Center Event Parking

Check with your event hosts to see if parking is available to purchase in advance.

If you are not able to purchase parking from the event host, hourly public parking is available near the Fluno Center:

  • Lot 83 (Fluno Center Garage)
  • Lot 46 (Lake & Johnson Ramp)

Tip: If the “Lot Full” sign is lit, that means no visitor parking is available. Please look for available parking in the next closest garage.

School of Music Event Parking

School of Music events are held in Music Hall, Hamel Music Center, or the Humanities Building (Mills and Morphy Concert Halls). For concert information, visit the School of Music website.

Nearby parking garages:

  • Lot 6 (Helen C. White Garage)
  • Lot 7 (Grainger Hall Garage)
  • Lot 46 (Lake & Johnson Ramp)
  • Lot 83 (Fluno Center Garage)

Tip: If the “Lot Full” sign is lit, that means no visitor parking is available. Please look for available parking in the next closest garage.

Free parking is available after 4:30 p.m. weekdays, and all day Saturday and Sunday in these nearby lots, unless otherwise reserved:

  • Lot 45
  • Lot 54
  • Lot 56
  • Lot 86 

Department of Theater and Drama Event Parking

Events are held in Vilas Hall (Mitchell and Hemsley Theatres) and Union South. See the section above for Union South parking options. For event information visit the Department of Theatre and Drama website.

Nearby parking options:

  • Lot 6 (H.C. White Garage)
  • Lot 7 (Grainger Hall Garage)
  • Lot 29 (N. Park Street Ramp)
  • Lot 46 (Lake & Johnson Ramp)
  • Lot 83 (Fluno Center Garage)

Tip: If the “Lot Full” sign is lit, that means no visitor parking is available. Please look for available parking in the next closest garage.

Free parking is available after 4:30 p.m. weekdays, and all day Saturday and Sunday in these nearby lots, unless otherwise reserved:

  • Lot 45
  • Lot 54
  • Lot 56
  • Lot 61
  • Lot 86 

Dance Event Parking

Dance events are primarily held in Lathrop Hall’s H’Doubler Performance Space. For event information visit the UW Dance website.

Nearby parking options:

  • Lot 7 (Grainger Hall Garage)
  • Lot 20 (University Avenue Ramp)
  • Lot 46 (Lake & Johnson Ramp)
  • Lot 80 (Union South Garage)
  • Lot 83 (Fluno Center Garage)

Tip: If the “Lot Full” sign is lit, that means no visitor parking is available. Please look for available parking in the next closest garage.

Free parking is available after 4:30 p.m. weekdays, and all day Saturday and Sunday in these nearby lots, unless otherwise reserved:

  • Lot 45
  • Lot 54
  • Lot 56
  • Lot 86

UW Commencement

Parking for UW Commencement is organized by the Chancellor’s Office. For details, refer to the official Commencement website >>.

Housing Move-in and Move-out

There are multiple options for parking during move-in and move-out, including two-hour parking, hourly ramp/garage parking, side streets near campus and more. For details, visit UW Housing >>.

WIAA Tournament Parking

Photo of three yellow school buses parked near the Kohl Center for a WIAA Boys' Basketball tournament. Photo by Jon Kjarsgaard.

WIAA tournaments bring high school students, athletes, parents, and visitors from every corner of the state to our campus. The privilege of hosting the WIAA tournaments on campus is a partnership between UW Athletics, the City of Madison, the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, and UW-Madison Transportation Services.

Parking (including accessible parking) is available for $10 on a first-come, first-served basis.

Shuttle service may be available to/from the Alliant Energy Center. For parking details, visit the WIAA website >>.

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